Close to Basel, Switzerland there is a lesser known car museum in Mulhouse, France – Cité d’Automobile. If you want to go to someplace off the beaten path and you like cars, I recommend going to Mulhouse where the Cité d’Automobile is located at. It’s not far from Basel and I thought that it was worth going to due to its proximity.
Also known as the Schlumpf Collection, which was named after the two Schlumpf brothers who started their car collection, this car museum specializes in Bugatti motor vehicles which were often used in car races. The museum does have a lot of other car brands since the collection was seized by the government when the two brothers went into debt so many other priceless antiques have been added or switched out over time.
So if you have time, then try to make it a 5 site car museum visit quest since they are close to each other:
I could add in Brussels’s car museum, Autoworld, as well, but it’s not as well-known and it’s not as exclusive or famous as the other ones mentioned above. I would have to say that the four German auto museums take the advantage since they are the automakers themselves. Autoworld and Cité d’Automobile are more of a mass collection put together by some passionate people.
Tip: Despite being in southeast France and literally on the border next to Germany (and also close to Switzerland), Basel is still far from the famous battle site of Verdun. So trying to do both in one day might be quite difficult. Best to make this a Switzerland-oriented trip with a side-trip to this car museum.Follow me on Instagram: